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♪ ♪ jamie: i'm jamie colby, and i'm just driving into enid,
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oklahoma, whh >> i'm billion 0 miles northwest of oklahoma city. population roughly 50,000. right here in enid they have the third largest storage capacity for grain on the planet. but wedged in between these silos lies the tale of a cantankerous legend. it left the grandchildren with a strange inheritance. >> in 2003 my brothers and sisters inherited something. >> grandfather pulled on everything, whether it was a tin can, an automobile huge copper wire.
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>> some of them relics. a few of the more than 200 that joshedan accumulated over his lifetime. boern in 1908 he was raise odd a wheat farm but his real interest was that fabulous new invention the car. automobiles were just beginning to happen. it was a life-long passion. >> jordan grows up gets married, and then it's 34 years old, abandoned his wife and three young kids for a 16-year-old girl in town. >> when they were still children he left the family for -- that was quite a scandal. everybody was hurt by it. in 1946 he buys a salvage yard where he and ruby live and he makes money selling old cars
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and are parts. oliver runs the salvage yard successfully for seven years, but then in 1953 he gets into a nasty argument with a town of enid over zoning and regulation. two words he detests. >> he cuts himself off from most of his family and rarely lets another soul inside the salvage yards. >> pretty much everybody in this town would drive by grandpa's property and see all these old cars sitting right there. some people they thought they were an eyesore. you know? >> he recalls venturing over to the old man's place. sfli walked across the street, from mr. jordan, i'm looking for a starter for a continental six
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kill derening wrin, have you one? well, after a long pause he bachxly said well, it's going to be $50. came back about a month later with my $50. he said nope, $75. a little bit of horse trading at that point in time. >> as a boy, stewart never gets to know grandpa oliver. stewart's mom, oliver's daughter, dies when stewart is only 6. a tragedy that separates him further from his grandfather. >> we would come to town to visit my grandfather, and he had all these cars in front of his property. it's like a little boy's wonderland, and he had them protected with a fence and with big mean dogs. we couldn't get past the dogs. >> do you ever wish that he spent more time with you? were you curious about him? >> yeah. says i would be here for the opportunity to get to know him.
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stewart graduates high school in 1984. he decides to take a summer road trip back to enid. >> i got a greyhound bus ticket, and i went out there on my own. he took me over to his shop and for the first time i got to spend some time with my grandfather. >> and with all those cars, sure, they look like heaps of scrap but stewart comes to understand this was his grandfather's pride and joy. his collection. the centerpiece, the two depression era -- >> he had a fascination with the cord because tv the fest car that had front wheel drive, and they had done ingenius things under the hood. >> after his high school road trip, stewart heads out west for college and then launches a successful furniture business in san francisco. then in the fall of 2000 a call from out of the blue sends stewart scrambling back to enid.
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>> he opens the door and he is recovered from head to toe in feathers. >> that is next. >> but, first our strange inheritance quiz question. what of the lowest priced mass produced american car? is it the 1907 oldsmobile? the 1925 ford model t, or the 1922 bear cat? the answer when we return. no pictures of trucks pulling boats. no photos of men working on ranches. just a ram 1500 ecodiesel that gets the best fuel economy of any half-ton pickup. get more facts at ramtrucks.com i take these out... ...to put in dr. scholl's active series insoles. they help reduce wear and tear on my legs, becuase they have triple zone protection.
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>> snoo what was the lowest priced mass produced american car? it's b, the 1925 ford model t runabout at $2 of 0. it sold for $5 bless than the 1924 model. ♪ >> some very rare and mostly intact, but all of them rusting as he grows old then in the fall of 2000 his grandson gets a call that opens the door to a new relationship and to strange inheritance. sfroo ruby his companion of six years falls off the ladder and broke her hip. she was in the hospital. she cull worried about grandpa because he was back at the house, and he was 94 years old,
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and that was the open door. >> it took until his 90s really. >> because of who he was. he didn't want to need anybody. >> stewart hop on a plane to oklahoma be not knowing what to expect. new here i nook on the door. he is 6'4", and even at 94, he has quite a commanding presence. he is covered from head to toe in feathers. he and ruby had a couple of dogs. one of the dogs had torn up the featherbed. there was something about him that still just commanded respect. even covered in feathers. >> being oliver in such a terrible state, stewart decides to stay in oklahoma for a while and take care of his grandfather. >> i was getting to know my grandfather through these cars. he experiencing his life's work and his pride and joy. >> the stewarts become immediately clear. first oliver knows he doesn't have much time left. second, he is worried about the fate of those cars.
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>> at one point he said thank god for you. thank god for you. i think he was so worried about what would happen to his things. >> stewart is no car expert but he doesn't sd his homework and confirms that the centerpiece of the whole direction is indeed those cord from the 1930s. the one he remembers from his high school road trip. >> like that leads stewart down a road that will take him more than a decade to travel and cost him plenty. just for starters he lays out tens of thousands of dollars to ship in secure containers and build a sealed storage building to house the most prized car.
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oliver jordan dies at the age of 95. leaving his enormous automobile collection to stewart and his siblings. >> the original windows that they would stick in the sides -- >> stewart tells me that 1924 roland touring car is one of his personal favorites. the model was popular among bootleggers during prohibition. >> it was toggle switches on the dashboard where they would turn off the taillights if they were being followed by somebody. >> to hide the booze. >> that's right. >> but these cars represent just a snip et of oliver's vast collection. >> i have never seen anything like this, stewart. there are so many cars. >> it's quite a strange thing to inherit. >> before he dies oliver gives stewart some business advice. stewart realizes it would take the rest of his life to sell
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them one by one. turns out just getting the titles for all these old cars takes months. >> you have to find the car's id numbers. >> we had to polish it off. we were able to get titles for the majority of the cars. the years colleged by like odometer miers miles. he spent more to authenticate the car. i have a plane trip from san francisco and back too. he says he has invested them primed for auction, ready or want it's time to sell. >> stewart contacts auctioneer yvette to appraise the collection. so is stewart sitting on a pile of junk or potential gold mine?
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>> there's about 220 of them. they're mostly american cars. they're prewar which is pre-1942. very rare cars because of the start of world war ii, they started limiting production, and you could only get one from a ration coupon. >> stewart and yvette make plans for a one-day auction right here on the salvage lot. word begins to spread about oliver jordan's old treasures. stewart soon learns that not altogether, a good thing. >> we arrived on the property, and then had a hole in the side of this building the size of a human body, and they sold over 215 antique radiators. tons of chrome parts. a lot of niece stuff. >> the antique radiators are worth $40,000, but the biggest loss for stewart is the theft of oliver's beloved 1904 harley davidson. possibly worth several hundred
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thousand dollars. >> we had to move the auction forward. >> that entailed some word of mouth advertising by him and some seat of the pants hot rodding by me. >> do you have this thing insured? >> here's another question for you. which of these deceased celebrity's cars sold for the heist bid at auction? is it steve mcqueen? marilynn monroe, or james dean? the answer when we return.
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>> which of these cars sold for
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the highest -- zoom stewart is racing to auction on the strange inheritance. hundreds of vintage cars. his grandfather's life-long obsession has become stewart's own. he has invested 13 years and $400,000 in the collection. >> i catch up with hem at the hot rod association rally in oklahoma city. >> hi, my name is stewart. >> did you know my grandfather? >> while stewart worked the crowd, i am going to see if i can get behind the wheel of one of these souped up automobiles. >> how are you? >> i'm steven wrfsh. >> tell me about this car. >> it's a 1937 chevrolet with 77 years old. i've had quite a bit of it. >> part of the family. >> yes it is.
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>> oh, my. >> hold on. >> now we're talking. >> you know, you see these shiny red cars and, i mean, you could tell there must be some value here, but some of them looked like junk. >> yeah. >> but they're not? >> no they're not junk. you know, it's a different trend in the car collecting hobby now. >> that trend is called patina. it refers to the factory original paint that shows the ravages of time. some car collectors relish that vintage barn find look and spray a clear coat of varn irk on top to preserve it. that could be good news for the rarist cars stewart has. the two cords from the 1930s. but if are you like me you are
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wondering what they might look like restored. i didn't have to go far to find out. >> remember chad who once tried to find -- he is now a cord officianado who spent 30 years restore this cord. it's what a cord looks like with all its glory. mroo we painted it and fixed the interior. it's something we looked at restoring history. want just putting on a nice paint job. >> hey. 57. now 7. >> on june 7th 2014, it's finally the big day of the auction.
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cars. you have to be quick to purchase in this game. these cars can go in less than a minute. >> now 7,500. sold it. 9,600. >> people -- they seem to be moving pretty well. it's going pretty good. >> stewart cautiously optimistic. oliver majoritiedan's two beloved cords are about to g up for bid. >> he thinks they would each be worth six figures if fully restored, but how much in this condition? >> the 1937 cord 812 beverly super charged. mr. jordan's favorite vehicles. it's going to need every little piece restored. >> $35,000. >> it's $40,000.
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42,000. 42500? sold it. 42,000 dollars going to new york. >> 20,000 in roland. that's 21,000. 21100. 22. 22.5. 22.5. 22,500. sold it. 22,000. >> it's over a second. the same anonymous telephone bidder paid for both cars. stewart says he is not disappointed. >> this could just be a great preegs. as much as we could have hoped for. it's really great because they're going to move on. >> after an emotional day, the grand total for this aunkz auction $540,000.
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the $4,000 stewart invested and it's a profit of $140,000 to split with his siblings. and in all that time, the family invested in its strange inheritance, and it's no windfall. >> here we go. >> oh, that's a good one. >> all right. >> then again, watching the grandchildren of oliver jordan pop over the bubbly has to make you wonder. was their 13-year-old enter preez prize err turning rusted iron into gold, or was it about a different thing? one perhaps that restores broke sxen brittle family ties into strong life-long bonds? >> we lost our mother when we were rather young and didn't really get to know her parents that well. so this brought us closer. >> grandpa what would he say? he would say stewart -- >> i think he would say i'm proud of you. you know? >> would that be important for you to hear?
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>> yeah. >> from your grandfather? >> definitely. and that's really what it was about for me. doing right by him and by my family. >> stewart sold all of his grandpa's cars, and he regretted losing only one. the 1924 roland touring car. it was a favorite of prohibition bootleggers bootleggers. an 86-year-old woman came just to see it. she said her grandfather had driven it to the vehicle when she was born and then sold it to oliver jordan. this may have been stewart's favorite story. stewart asked the man that bought the touring car, for $4800 to let him know if he ever resold it. stewart might want to buy that one back. i'm jamie colby for "strange inheritance. thanks for watching.
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remember you can't take it with you. do you have a strange inheritance story you would like to share with us? we would love to hear it. send me an e-mail or go to our website, straenk inheritance.com. sdmri veteran of the battle of the bul fw e swirls away enough military gear to supply a platoon. >> they couldn't even get access to the master bathroom it was so log clogged with stuff. >> it was one of those finds you get once nay lifetime. >> uniforms weapons. plus plenty of surprises. >> this is worth $50,000. does it work? >> and what's up with this bullet riddled -- >> usually wrapped in a blanket. you in a bathtub. >> in a bathtub. >>
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>>. ♪ >> i'm jamie colby and today i'm driving along the southern california coastline in san diego. i'm here to meet a woman who says her strange inheritance took her on a journey to meet someone she never really dot government to know xwh he was alive. her own father. my name is nancy powers, and my father, arthur b., left a collection that took him a lifetime to accumulate. >> for starters, nancy asked me to check out the oldest item in her father's collection. >> i want to show you where i keep the gun. >> in the bedroom? >> in the bedroom. yeah, that could be dangerous. >> so beautiful with the inlay. >> it's called a pennsylvania long rifle. hand made in philadelphia. it's probably circa 1776 or a little later. it was still being used in the battle of 1812. it meant so much to him, and it
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means a lot to me. >> nancy's family has a history of military service going back to the revolutionary war. this is one of dozens of firearms in a huge cache of war relics left by nancy's father when he died in 2010. born in 1922 in a small town along new york's hudson river, art, an intense scholarly boy, rose up fantasizing with his friends about military adventures. >> we have pictures of him in makeshift world war i uniforms. i understand from a friend of my dad's they were called -- and my dad was always in charge. >> art's reenacting is encouraged by his mother who buys him odds and ends at garage sales. >> she had interest in history, and i think that he got some of that from her. here he is all dressed up in
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full civil war regalia. >> how young is he here in this picture? >> i'm guessing he is about 16. probably ordered all the stuff in a costume less than $20. >> when world war ii breaks out art enters the famed citadel military college in south carolina. it's there he falls in love with a vivacious 18-year-old named janet wade wrrn. >> my mother was attending the university of south carolina, and they met at a dance. >> art and janet get serious fast and tie the knot. shortly after d-day art is shipped off to france as an infantry man in the final push to defeat nazi germany. >> you could tell how excited he was to be a part of our fighting force. he was very proud to be attached -- that was the most important thing that he was
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under patent and he admired him immensely. >> art gets his chance to head a real army az squad leader during the battle of the bulge in december 1944. american troops hold back a last ditch german counter offensive. >> right there on the frontlines. >> during a two-week period 500 men in art's command unit are killed in action. he received the marksmanship award and bronze star medal for bravery and decides to pursue a career in the military. >> war comes calling again, and art is ordered to korea as an ordinance company commander. >> he was gone in korea until i was a year old. >> two more children follow as art and his family move from one post to the next.
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for a while artillery teaches military at louisiana state and writes scholarly papers on civil war artifacts, but during this period trouble develops on the homefront as art's wife, janet starts showing signs of bipolar disorder. >> there were weeks that she wouldn't get out of bed. so here's dad working full-time, and you know, he is doing laundry and everything else. >> your dad had so much to handle at home. do you think collecting became an escape? >> somebody else would pick april book or watch a movie but for him it was his collection. >> he keeps receepts for just about everything. for a few hundred dollars he buys a rare rising breach made for the confederate army. using his skills as a military historian art is able to turn the serial numbers on the weapons to the stories behind them. >> it was like a good mystery novel that he had to know the
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answer. well who was this person that owned this? where had this man served? what battles had he been in? >> for a few bucks you buys the pennsylvania research brigade belt buckle and the shell jackets. >> he pays $5. he has paid $10. you could see in the receipts how much he paid for it stuff. >> this strange item cost him less than $100 from a war surplus dealer in the early 1960s. it's a tree trunk scarred with civil war ammunition. >> it was usually wrapped in a blanket with twine in a bathtub. >> in a bathtub? >> that's where it usually sat. >> by 1969 lieutenant colonel had served his country in france, belgium germany, korea, and thailand. he was ready to retire. he and janet set up home one last time here along the california coast in carmel. art's collection continues to
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swell with insignias and other military gear. nancy doesn't even notice that because her mom has taken to indiscriminate hoard hoarding. before long nobody has any idea what is in the house. >> the house was full of stuff. there was stuff everywhere. >> after her mother dies in 2003, nancy comes to see a side of her father that she had never appreciated. the curious intellectual, the writer, the romantic war historian historian. >> my dad's memory was sharp. he could tell you the year. he could tell you where it was manufactured. he just knew it. >> nancy decides she'll help her father catalog his collection. ultimately, she'll have to call in reinforcements. >> it was overwhelming. it was just falling out of closets and cup boards. there would be guns wrapped in newspaper from the 1950 rz.
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snoo that's next. >> but, first, our strange inheritance quiz question. what was the most lethal weapon autosed? was it the bay onet? the muzzle loading rifle or the can obon? the unanimous a moment. jack's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today, his doctor has him on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack be sure to talk to your doctor before your begin an aspirin regimen.
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the answer is b, 80 pirz of all civil war wounds were produced by a single shot muzzle-loading rifle in the hands of foot soldiers. >> in 2003 retired colonel art is 81 years old. he has been into war memorabilia since childhood but the extemperature of his collection is hidden from his daughter nancy. art northeast talks much, and his wife was a hoarder, and, well, things get out of hand. nancy assumes the haphazard stacks of boxes are basically trash. but soon she and her husband brooks learn that buried are historical treasures. >> we have all these little hang tags. i encourage her dad to recall the history about the collection. it was wonderful to watch. the two of them it became a project unto themselves. >> it was a fantastic experience
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to sit down with my dad finally and actually go through the garage. i had about 200 items between guns swords bayonettes, handguns. >> as nancy bonds with her dad, art asked her, his heldest child, to be the ones who deals with his stuff when he is gone. he names nancy terroristee of his estate. >> he was saying good-bye. you could tell how much he cared about his items. they were almost like children. >> in june of 2010 art dies at the age of 87. in a military ceremony, he is buried in military monterey outfitted in his blue uniform. >> the last time i saw him i
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said good-bye dad and i knew it was the last time i was going to see him. he reached out his arms and he said, thank you. he shook my hand and it was that formal handshake of an officer and a gentleman. >> he is up interviewing all these military men from history. you know, he had research that he was doing and he never found the answer for, and i hope that he knows the answer now. >> did he tell you don't ever sell the clkz? >> nobody. but i couldn't bring myself to sell the collection and until my dad died. >> now that he is gone nancy has to figure out what she's going to do. it's going to be a lot harder than they shaut. turns out that art secreted all sorts of other stuff away in every place imaginable. >> it was just amazing the amount of items that he had from the revolutionary war through the gun that was used in world war ii, and it was brand new.
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it had been stored away in some warehouse for 50 years. >> based on the receipts art left, he spent $50,000 on his collection, but what's it worth now, and what do you do with it? naenks realizes she needs help. she reaches out to auctioneer brian in sacramento. >> he called me back. he said well, this collection, will it fit in an suv? i go no. >> he checked it out. >> it was overwhelming. it was just falling out of closets and cupboards. you would open up a trunk, and there would be guns wrapped in newspaper from the 1950s. we were on to one of those finds that you get once in a lifetime. >> how much work went into preparing for this auction? >> probably 12 to 14 hours a day for five straight days of cataloging and then we photographed for probably another week or two after that, and then put everything
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together. >> i wonder if you could walk me through a special piece that you got? >> this would have been worn by a union soldier with its oshlg label inside from new york. hello. >> hello. >> hello. call me officer. >> you can see the tag that was written by him. confederate carving, serial number 85 by bill hars and hall and company. pennsylvania courthouse virginia. >> this is the -- art paid a few hundred dollars for in the 1950s. snoo may i? >> please. >> oh my goodness. >> guess what the appraiser thinks it will sell for at auction. >> this is worth $50,000? does it work? >> brian assures me after more than 150 years it still does. by far, the most unusual item in art's collection is that bullet riddled log. where did it come from?
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did anyone buy it? >> i got goose bumps talking about it. there's a lot of romance going on relative to this battle log. that's next. >> here's another quiz question for you. what's the most expensive piece of civil war memorabilia ever sold? was it a rifle, a sword, a flag, or a -- the answer when we return. no super-slow-motion footage of trucks splashing through the mud. no cowboy hats, horses, or hay bales. just a ram 3500 that, head to head, can out-tow ford's f-350 by more than one and a half tons. get more facts at ramtrucks.com
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>> so what is the most expensive piece of civil war memorabilia ever sold? it's, b, a sword given to ulysses s. grant when he was promoted in general in chief in 1864. he sold at auction in 2007 for $1.6 million.
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>> in san diego in 2010 nancy is looking to unload her strange inherit wrans. she's long considered it just a sprawling hoard of firearms, uniforms, and >> she knew they were important to her dad. but the records showed she paid $7. if you went by that, you wouldn't know the significant tans -- significance of the collection. >> he wanted a comprehensive collection that encompassed virtually every aspect of u.s. military life. >> nothing underscores that more than a bullet-riddled log art bought in the 1960s, he carted
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from home to home over the decades. sometimes he kept it wrapped in a blanket in a bath tub. how on earth do you value a tree log that has battle and battle wounds? >> they sold. based on how much ammunition, was battle it was from. >> thank goodness he kept his paper work. it came with paper work from a bloody battle fought in may 186 1864. union groups tried to take the ground but a total of 31000 soldiers on both sides were dead. once he authenticated it, brian knows some of his regular
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customers, like tommy haas of utah will be bidders. >> tommy, it might be something he'd be interested in. previewed the auction and thought it was a really cool relic. >> but after brian publishes a fancy color catalogue for the auction, he gets an auction from another client, $200,000 for the entire collection, which art paid more than 10000 for. should they take it? brian and nancy think hard about it but decide no. >> we want to let the market decide what it's worth and we want competitive bidding. we think it's the fairest way. >> will they regret their decision? >> i sure as heck tried to do what he wanted me to do.
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>> find out when we return on "strange inheritance."
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jamie: it's january 2011 and art's huge military collection has three weeks to sell during an online auction. the pressure is on big time after heir nancy crego and brian turn down a $200,000 offer for the whole catalogue. had bidding gets off to a slow start, it looks like it could be a disaster. on the final day february 4th everything changes. >> seeing what the final bid price was on these items just amazed me. i think it took all of us by surprise. >> the biggest selling item is that con fet rat -- confederate
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weapon, belt buck showalterles just over $7,000, a presentation sword $6500, a civil liberties union war rifle $5,500, cartridge boxes $2,500 and guess who paid $3,000 for that union army cap which art bought as a kid? the auctioneer brian witherall. >> i felt close to them and i wanted a memento to remember them by. the collection, almost half a million dollars. >> i don't think in his wildest dream that he ever dreamed he would have that. >> the successful bid was around $20,000. the battle is recognized as one of the five major battles in the
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civil war. this log is a nice shape that has projectiles on it from the confederate states and the united states. i got goose bumps talking about it. it's a key piece of my collection and i really enjoy it. >> listening to haase, you almost think art krego the ol' battle of the bulge military historian hand picked a battle with a passion that rivalled his own. of all the items from the various wars the old soldier collected nancy says she's never sell this one a pennsylvania long rifle. at over four feet long, it's a relic of the revolutionary war era and a beloved artifact that helps keep the memory of her ive. >> it's only worth about $5,000. don't care.
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to me that is a piece of my dad. >> what have you learned from looking through the amazing collection that he left behind? >> he was committed. he didn't give up. he didn't back down. and he did the best job he could. >> for the 50th anniversary of the battle of the bulge in 1994, art krego penned a letter to a local paper. the story he shared didn't focus on a hell endured, it was about christmas eve 1944. his squad perched upon a ridge above a town filled with tanks was finally done with their duty. for the first time they got their first hot meals in week. they had to do incoming mortar fire to get there but awaiting them was a real christmas dinner with all the trimmings. thank you for watching.
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